Summary: We have used this camcorder for a small art project but mostly for recording sporting events. It is light weight, easy to carry and hold. Sometimes we use a tripod, though, making the record button awkward to use. Occasionally the auto-focus goes a bit crazy. This seems to happen when there is glare or great light contrast in the shot. Also, at time, the color between shots is inconsistent. However, it was very reasonably priced and for our uses has been a good value.
Summary: After reading many reviews, I chose the Panasonic HDC-SD80K based on size and ease of use. I found the reviews to be very accurate and I'm pleased with my purchase. I use the camera to record students in a presentation skills class, and often travel to the class locations. So size and portability are important. Also, each student receives a copy of their class videos so it was important that I can quickly swap the SD cards without a delay while the card is recognized.
After a hiccup, the video camera is working great!
M. McCauley, Amazon
21 May 2012
Summary: The first camcorder I received had a big problem with its internals. It made an awful whirring noise while recording, which was picked up on the recordings. With Amazons easy return policy, I sent it back a few days after receiving it. Amazon promptly sent a new Panasonic camcorder. I have not had any problems with this one. It takes very good video. The zoom button is smooth and easy to reach. The still photos are crisp and clear. Close up photos are clear and focused.
Summary: Bought this half way across the world about month ago. Not too worried about the warranty and returns because the price is so good, and it is Panasonic, right? Not from some run-of-the-mill nameless manufacturer. Got it for $189 when it was listed at $199 (I suppose Amazon dropped the price to nudge me to buy), and it is now $319.99. The video camera is palm-size small and feels very light.
Chris Reich "Business Physicist and Astronomer", Amazon
14 April 2012
Summary: I like the camera and the results are very good. There are some features I'm still trying to figure out but that's my problem. I do not like the touch screen. It's very difficult to use a touch screen when the area is the size of a postage stamp. The menu uses very unintuitive icons so that makes the touch screen doubly annoying. I am happy with the camera and will find the settings most suitable to me and leave it.
Summary: The Picture production very good, I insert Transcend SD Card class 10, 8GB. Taking Movie indoor and outdoor. The LED Lamp automatic light on if the condition too dark, result indoor not too sharp. You need very bright lightning to get better result. Outdoor result very good. We can download, watch and edit the movie with the software given with my computer.
Summary: **Update 05/12-Hubby figured out how to turn the light off. It is on the menu touch screen, reccord setup, video light -not too difficult :) We did a bunch of research on a middle-range camera with HD. Originally we ordered through another site which was a big mistake. After 3 weeks of having a tracking label and the product never actually leaving the warehouse, I cancelled the order and placed through the dependable Amazon.
Summary: The video on this entry level unit is very good and the zoom works well. The still photo function and clarity is only fair but the primary function is video. Extra cost to buy a non supplied flash card (go with at least a 16 mg). Overall a great deal when on sale.
One Caveat - Uploading Videos For Online Sharing - A Big Pain.
5 September 2011
Summary: I was very excited (at first) reading the other reviews about this nicely valued, easy to use HD camcorder. In all fairness to this model, it is easy to use along with it's features. The main reason we don't like it, well read on please. I had thought it was going to fit my needs of making HD video recordings and then uploading some onto the internet. It was for certain websites so we can sell something. That was the biggest stumbling block of all.